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India wrap up South Asia meet on a high

Ranchi (PTI): India finished on top of the table with 52 medals at the second South Asian Junior athletics championships though they shared the honours on the second and concluding day with Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

The hosts secured 20 gold, an equal number of silver, a dozen bronze medals. The Indians got more medals but one gold lesser than the inaugural edition held at Colombo in 2007.

Sri Lanka, who shared with India the 16 gold on offer, improved their previous performance by winning 10 gold, 10 silver and 14 bronze medals (total 34) to finish second. Bangladesh were third with three bronze while Pakistan were fourth with a lone bronze medal.

Other participating nations Afghanistan, Maldives and Nepal could not win any medal.
As expected, Indian sprinter Archana Suseentran and distance runner P U Chitra completed a double by pocketing the gold in 200m (24.32 secs) and 3000m (9:51.13) respectively.

Supun Viraj Randeniya of Sri Lanka delivered the best performance of the day while winning boys’ 110m hurdles in 13.64 seconds that bettered the previous meet mark (14.62s).

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan capital Colombo was chosen to host the next edition of the SAF Junior Athletics Championships in 2015.

Results: Boys: 200M: Himasha Eashan (Sri?Lanka) 21.44 seconds, 1; Husandeep Singh (India) 21.63, 2; Malik Khan Fernando (Sri Lanka) 21.69, 3.

1500M: Shailendra Singh (India) 4:02.39, 1; P Mohammed Afsal (India) 4:02.56, 2; Dushan Ishara Hemantha (Sri Lanka) 4:02.57, 3.

110M hurdles: Supun Viraj Randeniya (Sri Lanka) 13.64, 1; Malin Udaya Kumara (Sri Lanka) 14.41, 2; Tarundeep Singh (India) 14.51, 3.

Long jump: P Anburaja (India) 7.41, 1; Vinura Lakmal (Sri Lanka) 7.26, 2; Malin Udaya Kumara (Sri?Lanka) 7.14, 3.

Discus throw: Sachin (India) 54.44, 1; Dilyogi (India) 51.98, 2; Ashen Perera Jayawardan (Sri Lanka) 44.84, 3.

Girls: 200M: S Archana (India) 24.32, 1; C Rengitha (India) 25.04, 2; Rumeshika Kumari Rathna (Sri Lanka) 25.23, 3.

3000M: PU Chitra (India) 9:51.13, 1; Preeti Lamba (India) 10:04.81, 2 AHM?Pramod Abeisingha (Sri Lanka) 11:00.26, 3.

100M hurdles: Meghana Shetty (India) 14.54 , 1; P Deepika (India) 14.75, 2; RA Ireshani Sachiprabha (Sri Lanka) 15.26, 3.

High jump: MK Purnima Jayamali Gun (Sri Lanka) 1.68, 1; Swapna Barman (India) 1.65, 2; Jyoti (India) 1.60, 3.

Discus throw: W Amanthi Oashadi Silva (Sri Lanka) 41.65, 1; V Nandhini (India) 38.71, 2.

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